This post has sat on my "drafts" pile for a while now, in various guises. Most of my blog posts aren't particularly revealing - there are few admissions of low self-confidence or body 'hang-ups'. Mostly because the biggest thing I agonise over is, quite literally, staring me in the face.
I'm nearly 23, which means that for over half of my entire life, I've been trying to win the war against Acne Rosacea. For as long as I can remember, I have never had skin that is, as I call it, "skin-coloured".
My skin isn't embarrassing, it's not disgusting, it could completely be SO much worse. I am not claiming this irritating condition impacts on my capacity to leave the house everyday... You probably would never have noticed on camera. But, without make-up, it's just a flushing pain in the arse that after 12 years of reddening, I'm quite done with, thankyou very much.
So when an email dropped into my inbox from sk:n, asking if I'd like to pop in and have a free dermatology consultation, I jumped at the chance.
I popped into the Leicester branch (they've just opened a new one in Sheffield!) for a consultation and a glycolic peel, and walked away with a head FULL of advice and expert knowledge about my specific skin type. I was presented with an A3 chart as seen above, with all sorts of personalised information to suit me. For example, it turns out I've got some skin damage. For someone who has never been on a sunbed and is a total shade-seeker on holiday, this came as quite a shock! Aside from the horrror stories though, the nurses were on hand to calm me down, and offer some advice. I'll let you into a little secret. Mild sun damage is reversible, but Sk:n recommend SPF 30 in all day creams, every day, even in the winter.
I was also recommended a whole list of skincare products that could suit me. I chose the Sensicure cream gel since it was recognised that I was using too harsh an exfoliator, and in fact my skin was super dry (who knew?).
3 or 4 weeks on, my acne hasn't gone away. I'm still pimply, and a little too much on the shiny side. But, on the other hand, I feel a lot more aware of what my skin needs health wise, just as much as appearance-wise. My spots might not have budged (and pesky little buggers they are too!) but, thanks to sk:n, my complexion is feeling healthier, plumpier, and better protected from this wintery climate.
Lastly, I'd just like to thank sk:n for helping me take the next step in tackling my irritating complexion. If you've got a skin condition that you've been getting on with for longer than you're happy about, I couldn't recommend you visit sk:n enough. Whatever your problem, they are there to help.
It would be great to hear your skin and body stories, and how you've tackled your exterior demons. You're all gorgeous anyway, I know that.
Both the consultation, glycolic peel and sensicure cream gel were courtesy of sk:n, in exchange for an honest review and product trial. The consultation was undertaken as a mystery shopper, and the full review is conducted after 4 weeks of daily using the products. Of course everyone's skin is different, and so this review is entirely based on my personal experience alone.